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Judge delays ruling on golf course purchase

06/14/2018
A group that sued the county over its decision to convert the San Geronimo Golf Course into a park gained some traction last week. Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul M. Haakenson decided at a hearing last Friday to take more time to consider the arguments put forth by the...

Quieter rumble strips coming to Highway 1

06/14/2018
Caltrans will begin to install mumble strips—whose shallower, wave-like indentations are spaced further apart than rumble strips—down the center of Highway 1 from Valley Ford Road to Mill Valley next week, with the aim of keeping drivers from drifting outside their lanes. About a third of accidents between 2008 and...

Trailer owners decry rent hikes

06/14/2018
Large rent hikes and changes to policy are threatening to upend life for the owners of 25 permanent trailers at the Dillon Beach Resort, which sold in May. Last month, residents received notices of rent increases that will go into effect by July 1 as part of new agreements that...

Coastal commission accepts portions of Marin’s LCP

06/14/2018
Last Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission signed off on the legal adequacy of Marin County’s most recent step in updating its Local Coastal Program, a process that began more than a decade ago. The county Board of Supervisors in April unanimously approved three of seven amendments to Marin’s L.C.P., which...

Complex issues bring final funding boost for salmon analysis

06/14/2018
The county contractor hired to complete a long-awaited analysis of the cumulative impacts of development on salmonids in the San Geronimo Valley was allocated another $20,000 last week. Stillwater Sciences was tasked with the analysis, a supplement to an environmental impact report that corresponds with the 2007 Countywide Plan, after...

Fin whale washes up in Bolinas after ship strike

06/14/2018
Almost a year to the day since a spectacular 79-foot blue whale washed up on Agate Beach, a 58-foot fin whale wound up on nearby Brighton Beach after meeting the same fate: death by ship strike. On May 22, the dead fin whale was spotted hung up on Duxbury Reef,...

Marin beaches get top ratings in annual report

06/14/2018
A nonprofit that rates water quality at West Coast beaches just gave Marin a near-perfect score, based on weekly samples collected seasonally at sites across the county last year. Part of the beach monitoring program, the county’s Environmental Health Services division gathered the data between April and October from 23...

Civil grand jury calls for improved body cameras

06/07/2018
All but one of Marin County’s law enforcement agencies now employ body-worn cameras, but the majority use versions that require manual activation. A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury recommends that all agencies switch to cameras that are automatically activated by various triggers, saying the use of...

Formal deal lets Nicasio buy water

06/07/2018
Nicasio residents who rely primarily on wells for their homes’ water sources now have a legal right to receive water from nearby reservoirs—a much-needed relief for those whose supplies occasionally run dry. Marin Municipal Water District last month agreed to release a maximum of 20 acre-feet of surplus water annually...

West Marin School principal loses bid at county education post

06/07/2018
Mary Jane Burke secured her seventh four-year term as Marin County Superintendent of Schools this week, with 78 percent of the vote. She faced heated opposition from West Marin School Principal Matt Nagle, whose platform to focus on underachieving Mexican-American students brought him 22 percent support. “I believe this election...

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